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Playtime for Adults: Movement Improvisation

Experimental, Class/Workshop

Surel's Place artist-in-resident Robin Stiehm will lead this workshop in movement improvisation for adults (no upper age limit) with or without previous movement experience. Participants will use improvisational "scores" to experience spontaneous creativity and problem-solving in the moment. In dance, structured improvisations can be like games, with a set of rules to be followed. How those rules are interpreted is a big part of the fun. The workshop will begin with a basic warmup then move on to exercises that hone composition skills and strengthen intuition/connection with others. Biography: Robin Stiehm has been interpreting life through movement for all of her 50 plus years. From tree climbing and “kick the can” as a kid in Minneapolis, to her first dance lessons at age 8, to a professional career in both ballet and modern dance that had her traveling the world, movement has always been her way of communicating and connecting. While a professional dancer in Minnesota, Ms. Stiehm was privileged to work with many choreographers, including Bill T. Jones, David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Ralph Lemon, Loyce Houlton, and a host of others. In 1994, after her own performing career, Ms. Stiehm founded Dancing People Company (a professional modern dance company based first in Minneapolis, later in Ashland, OR) and directed the company for over 20 years, using her skills as a choreographer and teacher to develop a diverse body of artistic work and help many dancers reach their physical and artistic potential. Robin still travels around the U.S. to create dances for professional companies and teach intensives. Robin currently lives in Mazatlán, Mexico, where she is on staff at the Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán, the school of Delfos Danza Contemporanea. Ms. Stiehm will also be presenting a new solo dance piece at Surel's Place: "HOME / BODY." Tickets at http://surelsplace.brownpapertickets.com